If there is one thread that ties all of my research, it might be a persistent interest in the social connections between individuals and groups. Kinship is one of the most important of these connection types. In addition to genealogical and terminological research on Pakistan, I am also interested in comparative studies of kinship terminologies and practices.

Kinship in Pakistan is one of the entry points for understanding alliance building and rivalries in both urban and rural contexts. In my forthcoming book Political Kinship in Pakistan (Rowman & Littlefield), I explore the role of kinship in the political life of Pakistan.

Signifcant publications

Lyon, Stephen M. 2019. Political Kinship in Pakistan: Descent, Marriage and Government Stability. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Lyon, Stephen M. 2017. “On Brothers and Sisters: South Asian and Japanese Idea Systems and Their Consequences.” World Cultures 22 (1).
Lyon, Stephen M, and Muhammad Aurang Zeb Mughal. 2016. “Ties That Bind:Marital Networks and Politics in Punjab, Pakistan.” Structure and Dynamics: EJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences 9 (2): 110–22.
Lyon, Stephen M, Mark A Jamieson, and Michael D Fischer. 2015. “Persistent Cultures: Miskitu Kinship Terminological Fluidity.” Structure and Dynamics: EJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences 8 (1).
Lyon, Stephen M. 2013. “Networks and Kinship: Formal Models of Alliance, Descent, and Inheritance in a Pakistani Punjabi Village.” Social Science Computer Review 31 (1): 45–55.
Lyon, S.M. 2010. “Genealogy, Kinship, and Knowledge: A Cautionary Note about Causation.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences 33 (5).
Lyon, S.M., and S.S. Magliveras. 2006. “Kinship, Computing, and Anthropology.” Social Science Computer Review 24 (1).
Lyon, Stephen M. 2004. An Anthropological Analysis of Local Politics and Patronage in a Pakistani Village. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press.